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Friday, September 22, 2017

Ted Howell

Ted Howell, class of 2010, was recently published in the Modern Language Quarterly!

Planted throughout E. M. Forster’s Howards End are the seeds of many dramatic forms of climate change that subsequently dominated the twentieth century. Howards End gathers together major strands of its contemporaneous ecological thought, where distressful events (rural decay, deforestation) are perceived; nostalgia for a pastoral past is honestly felt but recognized as impractical; devastation on a national, imperial, and even global scale is foretold; and hope for the earth’s future comes in a form largely symbolic or mythical—as vision more than prediction. Forster’s awareness of the potentially global significance of local environmental change emerged in concert with the environmental philosophy of his era, specifically the “back to the land” movement and theories of climatic determinism, and was developed in a 1909 short story, “The Machine Stops,” that he wrote while beginning Howards End, a novel best read within its environmental history and contemporaneous reactions to environmental change and together with a work of speculative fiction that helps account for the aura of impending apocalypse that saturates it.

MLQ Volume 77,  Number 4:  547-572. 2016
For full article: http://mlq.dukejournals.org/content/77/4/547.full

Monday, October 24, 2016

Jonathan Kadjeski

We are happy to report that class of 2016 Alumnus Jonathan Kadjeski is an Adjunct Instructor at Eastern University. Congratulations, Jonathan!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Alumni at the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference

Alumna Kerry Hasler-Brooks ('10) is presenting at the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference in Philadelphia this weekend. Her presentation "Anita Scott Coleman, The Crisis, and a New Negro in the Borderlands” will be a part of the panel titled "Blurred Space, Hybrid Life in the Early 20th Century." Hasler-Brooks is now a faculty member of Messiah College.

Don James McLaughlin ('09) is also participating in the conference. He is giving a paper titled “Is Transneglect a Transphobia?” as part of a roundtable discussion titled "Inbetween: What Gender Variance Means to the Study of American Women Writers" which was organized by our own Dr. Jean Lutes.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don James McLaughlin

Don James McLaughlin is the recipient of the Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellowship, awarded by the University of Pennsylvania's McNeil Center for Early American Studies. The award is a yearlong fellowship for the 2015/16 academic year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ted Howell Quoted in New York Times

Ted Howell, a recent alumnus of the program and a PhD student at Temple University, is getting attention for breaking ground with an innovative new course at Temple. “Cli-fi: Science Fiction, Climate Change, and Apocalypse" focuses on the new genre of "Climate Fiction," which shows the possible apolcalyptic outcomes that are inevitable if climate change continues as predicted. This course is getting media attention for the way it brings together literature and cutting-edge scientific findings. The course focuses on this new movement in literature (exemplified in such works as The Wind-Up Girl), which harnesses the concerns of a culture that feels the threat of apocalyptic climate change. In addition to getting students thinking about the intersection between climate science and fiction, he also encourages his students to participate in the wider climate change conversation by posting all their work to a blog. He was recently featured in a Reuters article, a New York Times feature, as well as of course a write-up in Temple's English Department Blog.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rebecca Hepp ('13) Transitions to Senior Associate Editor Position

Rebecca Hepp, a 2013 graduate of the Graduate English Program, is now a senior associate/web editor for Jobson Healthcare Information's Review of Optometry magazine, a national, monthly magazine based out of Newtown Square. "So far I am really happy with the move!" Rebecca says. "It's mostly print now, but they brought me on board to help revamp the website and give it some much needed TLC."

Laura Heinrich Now Teaching at Arizona Charter School

Villanova Grad English alum Laura Heinrich ('10) just got a new job. According to a recent update, she is now working at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, with the "Great Hearts" charter school system. The rest of her update is below:

I am finally doing work I love, in Phoenix (where it is gorgeous right now and will be HOT in a matter of weeks). I'm teaching poetry, history and literature for middle and high school at a charter [school called "Great Hearts."] It is a very Liberal Arts heavy education, and I think a lot of people who are struggling to find a niche in the academic world might end up as happy as I am in this one.

Check out our "Jobs" page for more information about working at a Great Hearts school.